Lightning N.A. Junior Report

By Chad Schnarr


W Evgeni ArtukhinGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Podolsk (Rus 1)491572294NA
2002-2003 Moncton 32026E

Artukhin scored a PP goal in the first period of his first game in North America. He scored off an end-to-end rush in his second game. The only game he hasn’t scored in, a tie with Halifax, he was named the game’s first star. Moncton is undefeated (2-0-1) since Artukhin joined the lineup, playing on their top line.

2001-2002 Montreal498132194NA
2002-2003 Montreal0

After his hatter against the Thrashers for the Lightning, Soucy returned to Montreal only to suffer a severe concussion when he collided with a teammate in practice. He is out indefinitely.

Ontario Hockey League

W Aaron LobbGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 London/Guelph17281018NA
2002-2003 Guelph 32357+3

An assistant captain for the Storm, Lobb made his season debut by notching three assists vs. the Greyhounds. He had two goals in his last game, a 7-3 win vs. Windsor.

W Adam HenrichGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Brampton6633306392-4
2002-2003 Brampton44042+2

Henrich is being counted on as a leader for the upstart Battalion. He scored two goals in a 4-1 win vs. Kitchener.

D Paul RangerGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Oshawa6209949NA
2001-2002 Osh. (Playoffs)50004NA
2002-2003 Oshawa31120+1

Ranger wasted little time this season notching his first OHL goal, scoring it in the first game of the year.

Western Hockey League

D Gerard DiCaireGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Sea/Kty676465234NA
2001-2002 Kty (Playoffs)221131424+7
2002-2003 Kootenay504415+4

An assistant captain, DiCaire is a leader for the Ice as they look to defend their Memorial Cup championship. His strength remains his PP abilities and puck movement.

W Darren ReidGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Medicine Hat37891770+8
2001-2002 D.V. (AJHL)3191221195NA
2002-2003 Medicine Hat522423-4

An assistant captain, Reid’s 23 PIM lead the Tigers. He was named the game’s first star in his last contest, a 5-3 win against Moose Jaw. Reid had a goal, two assists and a fight, netting him a Gordie Howe hat-trick.

C Ryan CraigGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Brandon5229356452NA
2001-2002 Bdn (Playoffs)1911102113+7
2002-2003 Brandon0

The Wheat King’s captain remains sidelined after undergoing successful knee surgery in the off-season. He is expected back in the lineup by the end of October.


D Arthur FemenellaGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Sioux City5611011215NA
2001-2002 Sioux City (Playoffs)1201132NA
2002-2003 Sioux City 10110+2

The USHL’s season has started and the towering Femenella, fresh off his good showing at the Lightning’s prospect workouts, notched an assist in his first game.

G Joseph PearceW-L-TGAASv%SO
2001-2002 Manchester (EJHL)NA2.16.9330
2001-2002 Man. (Playoffs)NA1.82.938NA
2002-2002 Chicago 1-0-01.00.9580

Playing for the Chicago Steel while he waits to join Boston College next fall, Pearce stopped 23 of 24 shots against Green Bay to open the season. Chicago won the USHL’s preseason Megatalk Tournament.

NCAA Hockey


D PJ AthertonGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Cedar Rapids (USHL)5472229101NA
2002-2003 U of Minnesota

The preseason number one team in the country, Minnesota opens up their season October 12.

D Paul LynchGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 U of Maine 2224624NA
2002-2003 U of Maine

The number six ranked Black Bears begin their quest to get back to the Frozen Four when the Black Bear Classic begins October 11.

W Dennis PackardGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Harvard 329101934NA
2002-2003 Harvard

Ranked #14 in preseason rankings, the Crimson open their year October 26.

C John ToffeyGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Ohio State 242354NA
2002-2003 Ohio State

Also on the Buckeye’s baseball team, Toffey did not see any action on the diamond, but hopes to see more ice-time in hockey as he starts his sophomore year. The #15 Buckeyes start their exhibition season this weekend.

Note: All statistics as of 10-3-2002.